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What Is It About The Weather?

A podcast series where we explore the various ways weather is intertwined into and impacts our lives. Weather itself is interesting and amazing, but what can be even more fascinating and intriguing is how much influence it actually has in our lives. Because there is much more to weather than the weather itself!

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What Is It About The Weather?
May 25, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Do You Do At 100? - EP100 What Is It About The Weather? turns 100!
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What Is It About The Weather?
May 18, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - When Doesn't Weather Change History? - EP099 Certainly weather has shaped history on a global scale, but weather impacts lives every single day. Are there examples of cases where the impacts have been important for a local area or region such that it shaped the future? Some useful links: Great Storm of 1900 brought winds of change https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/history/article/Great-Storm-of-1900-brought-winds-of-change-7724171.php One legacy of the...
Topics: When Doesn't Weather Change History?, Galveston Hurricane, Waco Tornado, weather and history
What Is It About The Weather?
May 11, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Do You Prefer Your Turf With A Touch Of Rain? - EP098 Weather certainly impacts just about anything we do outdoors including sports, sometimes in positive ways and other times creating chaos. Soccer is not only dominate the world over, but it is clearly linked to the world of weather. But do you really understand the connections? In this episode we look at how important weather is in the soccer played around the globe. Some useful links: Titleist R&D on...
Topics: Do You Prefer Your Turf With A Touch Of Rain?, weather and sports
What Is It About The Weather?
May 4, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Do Plants Ride Out The Weather? - EP097  What would you do to survive weather extremes if you could not move? Plants don't have the luxury of seeking shelter when bad weather comes, so how do they survive those extremes? Some useful links: How Trees Survive Extreme Cold (Or Not) https://www.howplantswork.com/2014/01/29/how-trees-survive-extreme-cold-or-not/ Do Plants Change the Weather?...
Topics: How Do Plants Ride Out The Weather?, plants, adaptation
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 27, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Finicky Is That Produce? - EP096 How sensitive is agriculture to small changes in weather? For a long time we have understood the idea of microclimates, but did you know that it plays a meaningful role in the foods and beverages we consume? Some useful links: The ‘micro-climate’ that turned Monticello into an agricultural sweet spot...
Topics: How Finicky Is That Produce?, microclimate, agriculture
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 20, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can We Beat Weather? - EP095 Can we overcome weather? Or can we at least push back a little? In this episode we explore some areas where we use our brains to at least keep weather at bay when needed. Here are some useful links: Living Snow Fences: Functions and Benefits http://www.extension.umn.edu/environment/agroforestry/components/UMN-Extension-LivingSnowFences.pdf StormSmart Properties Fact Sheet 6: Sand Fencing...
Topics: Can We Beat Weather?, snow fence, snow brake, snow guard, sunscreen, skywarn
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 13, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Would You Trade Earth's Weather? - EP094 Earth weather can be hostile and deadly, but is it really all that bad? Would you trade earth weather for that on another planet or moon in our solar system? We discuss what your options might be in this episode. Here are some links you might want to flip through: List of Solar System objects by size https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Solar_System_objects_by_size Diamond Rain May Fill Skies of Jupiter and Saturn...
Topics: Would You Trade Earth's Weather?, planetary weather, diamond rain
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 6, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can We Cheat Weather? - EP093 We have spent much time and effort in our attempts to modify ourselves and things around us to minimize weather impacts. We have also worked for decades to modify the weather with as many failures as successes. How about cheating weather? Can we be a bit more sneaky ... and successful, in surprising weather? Some useful links: SafeSpaceSelfie https://www.weather.gov/wrn/safeplaceselfie Note to azaleas: Chill...
Topics: Can We Cheat Weather?, cheating weather
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 30, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can Weather Spark Life? - EP092 We all understand the key role that weather plays in creating life. When it comes to severe weather however, we often focus on the danger, destruction and death that they deliver. But is that fair? Take something like lightning ... is it just a source of danger? In this episode we explore the role lightning places in creating life. Some links from this episode: Past lightning related episodes Smell of rain -...
Topics: Can Weather Spark Life?, lightning, bacteria, orange snow, green rain, National Weather Podcast...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 23, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can Weather Information Be Mobile And Consistent? - EP091 Communicating weather information is challenging even in the best situations. How do we do this well in the mobile era with so little space and small absorption time? How do we make sure there appropriate consistency between varied sources so that people don't get conflicting information during key decision making moments? Not an easy thing to do, but we discuss some ideas in this episode. Useful links:...
Topics: Can Weather Information Be Mobile And Consistent?, mobile weather, Minh Phan, Castle Williams,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 16, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Give Us The United States? - EP090 Did Weather Give Us The United States? Kind of a big question to answer and maybe not easy to do. However, in this episode we explore the formative stages of the colonies that would come together and revolt against a distant monarch. Was weather a key element of their eventual success? Episode related links: The Fog That Saved An Army http://1776history.com/2014/08/31/the-fog-that-saved-an-army/ Weather That Changed...
Topics: Did Weather Give Us The United States?, Battle of Long Island, George Washington, fog, weather that...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 9, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can Weather Change Time? - EP089 Can Weather Change Time? Since the marriage of Mother Nature and Father Time, weather and time have had a long history. From Daylight Saving Time to UTC to conservation of angular momentum, we dig into the intertwined nature of weather and time. But can weather change time ... have a listen to find out. Here are some links from the episode: Bad Weather Makes For Long Days...
Topics: Can Weather Change Time?, weather and time, daylight saving time, WeatherBrains, Coriolis effect,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 2, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is Weather A Stress Reliever? - EP088 How does being out in the weather make you feel? How about just the sounds of weather and nature? Do they help relieve stress or calm you down? In this episode we explore the idea of how weather and nature sounds can help ease tension and stress in your life. Some useful links from the episode: Mind-wandering and alterations to default mode network connectivity when listening to naturalistic versus artificial sounds...
Topics: Is Weather A Stress Reliever?, weather and stress, WeatherHype, Minh Phan, Castle Williams,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 23, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Save My Life? - EP087 Can weather save lives? So often we explore impacts that have unfortunate or negative outcomes on lives, but not everything is negative. Weather and our understanding of weather can play important and positive roles in our lives. In this episode we explore how our the discovery of the barometer would change our understanding of how we breath and making sure we can. Here are some links you may find informative from this episode:...
Topics: Did Weather Save My Life?, CPAP, Colin Sullivan, skin cancer, Sleep Apnea, Hurricane Heist,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 16, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Can't Hollywood Get Weather Right? - EP086 Why don't we get more good weather movies? Is something wrong with weather as a key element or core plot? In this episode we explore why Hollywood so often disappoints when it comes to delivering on the weather front. Is it possible to change this? Is weather just too easy of a cheap thrill or can we ever get regularly produced quality weather movies? Here are some links from the episode: A meteorologist reviews...
Topics: Why Can't Hollywood Get Weather Right?, weather movies, Hollywood and weather, Geostorm
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 9, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Are We Losing Our Universal Language? - EP085 Weather has long been a part of our language, but is it losing its critical place in our conversations? Is weather becoming too emotionally charged to utilize it as a basic construct in conversations? In this episode we explore the role of weather in our communication process and how it might be changing. Is language like fashion, or the weather?...
Topics: Are We Losing Our Universal Language?, weather and language
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 2, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weaher? - Do Weather & Energy Have A Renewable Relationship? - EP084 Weather and Energy have a long history together. What does the future of that relationship look like? Smooth sailing or rocky roller coaster? We explore both the past and the future of this fundamental relationship in the this episode. A few links for you: Renewables and the future of energy meteorology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wea.2066/full In The Elements...
Topics: Do Weather & Energy Have A Renewable Relationship?, weather and energy, renewable energy,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 26, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is A Quality Weather Forecast A Inalienable Right? - EP083 If life is an inalienable right, then what falls into the category of steps to ensure that basic human right is protected legally? Do weather forecasts fall into that category? Do weather forecasts not provide critical information to preserve 'life'? And if they do, at what point do we step beyond protection and into useful information and is that a global construct? Join us in pondering this issue. A...
Topics: Is A Quality Weather Forecast A Inalienable Right?, inalienable right, unalienable right, natural...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 19, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is Weather The Reason I Have The Flu? - EP082 Each year millions around the globe deal with severe cases of the flu. So is weather to blame? Is weather a cause of you catching the flu? Does weather influence how flu spreads around the globe each year? Let's dive into the issue and try to get to the bottom of the flu/weather connection. Some useful links related to this episode: Flu is spreading fast this year, with a severe season possible...
Topics: Is Weather The Reason I Have The Flu?, weather and flu, influenza transmission, weather and...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 12, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Did I Get That Weather? - EP081 Many places on the earth tend to experience a specific range of weather types, but what about when the unusual happens? In the past we have explored these limits, but what about when things seek outside the norms? Here are some links from this episode: Us Fleet Preparations - Tornadoes & Waterspouts https://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/dam/cnic/cnrj/cfa_okinawa/pdfs/NEO/Tornados/Tornado%20Pamplet.pdf Hawaii Ski Guide...
Topics: Why Did I Get That Weather?, rare weather, Castle Williams, Minh Phnan, Dakota Smith, WeatherHype,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 5, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Do Meteorologists Confer Like Everyone Else? - EP080 So what exactly happens at a weather conference? Is it just a bunch of meteorologists giving weather forecasts one after the other? In this episode we explore the world of weather conferences and in particular the upcoming AMS Annual Meeting where our host will discuss the results of the recent survey many of you participated in. You can also get a seek peak at the results in this episode, so take a listen!...
Topics: Do Meteorologists Confer Like Everyone Else?, #AMS2018, American Meteorological Society,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 29, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Delivery - EP079 We wrap up our series on where our weather forecasts come from. In this last phase of the process, the delivery, we explore the challenges and future changes to look for as your weather forecast source does its best to turn the fire hose of weather forecast inputs into a coherent and accurate forecast for you. Like digging deeper?  Here are some links for you: Last Chance At The Survey...
Topics: Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Delivery, weather forecast, forecast delivery,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 22, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Does Cold Weather Make Us More Charitable? - EP078 Does weather play a role in your charitable giving? In particular, does cold weather make you more likely to help others or give to a worthy cause? In this winter season, we explore the connection between weather and how likely we are to donate to charities in this episode. Here are some links for those of you wanting to do a deeper dive: Please take the survey http://www.WhatIsItAboutTheWeather.com/survey Red...
Topics: Does Cold Weather Make Us More Charitable?, weather and charity, salvation army, altruism and warmth
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 15, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Give Us The Statue Of Liberty? - EP077 Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was a bit of a jab at Napoleon? Maybe you have heard that the march into Russia in 1812, was the start of Napoleon's demise. You may have also heard about some brutal weather Napoleon's forces faced as it traveled from Moscow back home. However, was weather really the reason Napoleon failed to win the war with Russia? Was weather really the reason that Napoleon would fall...
Topics: Did Weather Give Us The Statue Of Liberty?, Napoleon, Russia, weather and history, weather that...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 8, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Forecast Come From? - The Corrections - EP076 Have you ever wondered where your weather forecast actually comes from? How about how much it changes from when the model spits it out and you actually receive it? Many forecasts that reach you will have undergone some sort of correction to improve its quality. Post processing is a common element of the forecasting routine. Using statistics through techniques like MOS can make a big difference in...
Topics: Where Does My Forecast Come From? - The Corrections, better forecast, post processing, MOS, model...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 1, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Does Your Weather Equation Look Like? - EP075 Do you ever think about your relationship with weather in terms of an equation? Maybe you should. From simple aspects of how weather makes you feel to the more complex evaluation of how you act when potentially dangerous weather is forecast. Understanding a logical course of behavior can be very useful to have handy during dangerous situations to minimize missteps and potentially even panic responses. Here are...
Topics: What Does Your Weather Equation Look Like?, survey, weather ready nation, weather equation
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 24, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did You Think About The Weather Before You Did That? - EP074 Do you always pay attention to the weather? How about when it looks like clear skies are likely? Some seem to and clearly some others should, especially if they are in the demolition or nuclear waste industries! In this episode, we take a look at how seemingly benign high pressure systems can actually cause lots of problems. Here are some links to explore if you want to dig a bit more into topics from...
Topics: Did You Think About The Weather Before You Did That?, common sense, high pressure, subsidence,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 17, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Who Do You Trust? - EP073  Trust factors influences many aspects of our decision making process, and it is no different with weather. Who do you trust to educate you about weather? Who do you trust to prepare you for weather? Who do you trust to protect you from weather? Who do you trust to save you during weather? Who do you trust to get you out of weather? If you want to dig into the topics from this episode, here are some links for you: To reassure Cubans, a...
Topics: Who Do You Trust?, trust, weather trust, meteorologist trust
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 10, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? – The Models - EP072 Have you ever wondered where your weather forecast actually comes from? The ways in which we receive our weather forecasts has changed quite a bit over the last two decades, from the delivery, to the creators, to even the sources of weather information. So how does it really happen, from the first measurement of temperatures near me to the forecast days or months out? We now move to the next step...
Topics: Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? – The Models, numerical weather prediction, weather...
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 3, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Who's Too Sensitive? - EP071 We certainly live in a time of increased sensitivity to issues as well as one that is more provocative.  This disruptive time creates an interesting environment in particular for high profile weather forecasted events as well as strong criticism of when the forecasts fail to live up to expectations of the recipient.  Are the criticisms justified?  Or are people unfairly attacking meteorologists?  How do we get to a balance of...
Topics: Who's Too Sensitive?, sensitivity, complaints, disruption
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 27, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Spooky or Scary? Weather That Is - EP070 What weather do you find spooky? How about scary? Is there a difference between the two? Does it matter? We explore the idea of weather that may put you on edge or just scare the beejeebers out of you! Some useful links from this episode: On the nature of creepiness http://scottbarrykaufman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/McAndrew-Koehnke-2016.pdf 10 of the spookiest weather phenomena...
Topics: Spooky or Scary? Weather That Is, spooky weather, scary weather, creepy weather
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 20, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Data - EP069 Have you ever wondered where your weather forecast actually comes from? The ways in which we receive our weather forecasts has changed quite a bit over the last two decades, from the delivery, to the creators, to even the sources of weather information. So how does it really happen, from the first measurement of temperatures near me to the forecast days or months out? We will explore this topic in a...
Topics: Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Data, forecast origins, weather forecasts, weather...
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 13, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Do You Do When Weather Comes After You? - EP068 When dangerous weather is headed toward you, how prepared are you? What will you do if you find yourself stuck in dangerous weather situation or trying to deal with an event you were impacted by? We dive into the idea of what you might want to think about when planning for weather events that might be looming in your future. Here are a few links if you are interested in the topic: The Extreme Weather Survival...
Topics: What Do You Do When Weather Comes After You?, weather protection, weather safety, extreme weather
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 6, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What's Weather Got To Do With My Insurance? - EP067 We often thinks about car wrecks or burglars breaking into our homes when we think about our insurance needs. However, have you ever really thought about what causes the bulk of insurance claims? (Hint - it might have something to do with the weather). In this episode we explore the many ways that weather influences insurance. Here are some useful links from this episode: National Weather Service Hazard...
Topics: What's Weather Got To Do With My Insurance?, insurance and weather, catastrophe modeling, weather...
What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 29, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Was Aristotle Bad For Weather? - EP066 Who was the father of meteorology? While maybe not the first to document weather or have weather theories, Aristotle would become the defacto source of weather theory for nearly 2000 years. Imagine the earth being surrounded by water then air and then fire. Well, those beliefs lasted a long time and served as a baseline of common beliefs. While he got some things right, there were certainly some interesting beliefs that he...
Topics: Was Aristotle Bad For Weather?, Aristotle, meteorologica, flat earth, echo issues, how rain forms
What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 22, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Is Weather Essential To Advancing Technology? - EP065 Numerical weather prediction was born before computers and to this day leverages every technology advance we have seen. Why is it that weather forecasting is arguably the most effective discipline for maximizing the benefits of technology? Here a few useful links from this episode: The quiet revolution of numerical weather prediction http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v525/n7567/abs/nature14956.html The...
Topics: Why Is Weather Essential To Advancing Technology?, weather and technology, ENIAC, nature, numerical...
What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 15, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Should Meteorologists Go Dark? - EP064 The way weather information is communicated has evolved significantly since the rise of television as have the skill sets of most meteorologists who engage with the public.  Even as things have improved, is there enough emphasis on the communication element of the job?  Have expectations become too high given the skills needed to not only understand and convey weather information, but also the final impacts?  We explore...
Topics: Should Meteorologists Go Dark?, Irma, communication, risk
What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 8, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did History Change Weather? - EP063 We have explored many cases of when weather changed history, but is it possible that history changed weather? We explore a well known event in the world's history, the sailing of the HMS Beagle and its well known passenger ... Charles Darwin. So what does this have to do with the weather? We explore this important question in the latest episode. Here are useful links for items discussed in this episode The birth of the weather...
Topics: Did History Change Weather?, weather forecast, UKMET, HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy, Charles Darwin,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 1, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Are You Politicizing The Weather? - EP062 On the heels of some very tragic weather related events, we ask why does weather get politicized? Is this a bad thing? Can it serve a positive purpose? Join the the conversation in the latest episode! Pick an option and support the Harvey (and Mumbai) victims Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/donate-harvey-charities-scams.html?mcubz=0&_r=0 Here's How...
Topics: Why Are You Politicizing The Weather?, Hurricane Harvey, politicizing weather, helping, humanity
What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 25, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Do You Get Too Many Weather Forecasts? - EP061 How was your Eclipse experience? Did the eclipse change your weather? Was their too much hype around the eclipse? With high coverage from 'weather' oriented sources, are we seeing signs that people get too much input from weather folks? Everywhere we turn there are weather forecasts, does this translate into weather forecast/information overload and lead in part to the negative bias toward meteorologists? Here are...
Topics: Do You Get Too Many Weather Forecasts?, eclipse, too much weather, Ritual Misery, Undaunted
What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 18, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Do Weather Dreams Say About Me? - EP060 Do you dream about weather events? Have you ever wondered what it might be telling you? In this episode we explore the connection between your dreams, specifically weather dreams, and what your body and mind are trying to tell you or help you process. Here are some links if you want to dig into topics from today's episode a little deeper: The Science Behind Dreaming...
Topics: What Do Weather Dreams Say About Me?, dreams and weather, dream dictionary, tornadoes, rain, snow,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 11, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Does Weather Make You An Anxious Flier? - EP059 The science that governs the weather also governs flight. No doubt that weather can contribute to the potential for problems when a plane takes to the sky, but how concerned should you be about it? One of the most common weather sensations we experience in flight is called clear air turbulence, but it is highly unlikely to cause you any more problems than some rattled nerves. So what are your pilots more likely...
Topics: Does Weather Make You An Anxious Flier?, flying weather, airplanes and weather, fear of flying,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 4, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Now Can I Get My Eclipse Forecast? - EP058 The great US solar eclipse is coming. One cloud could be the difference between a spectacular view and big disappointment. So is it time yet? Can I get my eclipse weather forecast? In short, NO! There are some things you can be thinking about to improve your odds, but it is way to soon. You can also put a solid plan in place to be ready when the time comes. So let's get prepared together. Here are some links so you can...
Topics: Now Can I Get My Eclipse Forecast?, solar eclipse, viewing eclipse, eclipse weather forecast,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 28, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What If You Couldn't Move? - EP057 How would you deal with weather if you couldn't move? Imagine being stuck in the desert or an arctic region, not exactly the easiest weather in which to survive. Even close to home we experience weather that can be harsh and requires us to escape. The natural world can teach us a thing or two about weather survival. We also start diving into solar eclipse viewing prep and why it is too early to determine if the weather might...
Topics: What If You Couldn't Move?, solar eclipse, viewing eclipse, weather adaptation, Antarctic plants,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 21, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Real Is Your Weather? - EP056 There has been a lot of buzz around the world of augmented and virtual reality over the last couple of years. What is the role in forecasting your weather? Increasing our understanding of the weather? How real can it make your weather? Here are some links for exploring more about today's topic: Simulation and visualization of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and downbursts - Leigh Orf The Weather Channel launches live interactive...
Topics: How Real Is Your Weather?, Leigh Orf, IBM, Max Reality, Jim Cantore, Augmented Reality, Virtual...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 14, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why You Shouldn't Drink Iced Tea? - EP055 Air conditioning is a fairly 'young' invention.  While it seems we are becoming increasingly dependent on its availability, we have used many techniques for staying cool over human history.  From parasols to high ceilings to just a cool swim, these approaches among others have been employed for centuries.  However, there are some things we have gotten wrong or maybe are not so obvious.  Come explore some of these...
Topics: Why You Shouldn't Drink Iced Tea?, keeping cool, beating the heat, black is the new white, hot tea...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 7, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Will Weather Ignorance Kill You?!? - EP054 Tornadoes don't go through cities. It's a dry heat. It's too cold to snow. Just a few common statements we have likely all heard and can put you in dangerous situations. Don't be weather ignorant when it comes to your life. Let's explore common weather misconceptions and what you can do to make sure you are weather wise! Here are some links to expand upon today's conversation: Myths and Common Misconceptions About...
Topics: Will Weather Ignorance Kill You?!?, Weather Ignorance, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Blizzards, Heat,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jun 30, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Is The Weather Doing To My Hair? - EP053 The weather is ruining my hair! Oh the humidity! I am having a bad hair day! Just a few of the utterances that connect weather and hair, but what is really going on? Where does the reality lie in the relationship between weather and hair? Do you find this hairy topic interesting?  Here are a few links for you to enjoy: Why Humidity Makes Your Hair Curl Build Your Own Weather Station - including hair based hygrometer...
Topics: What Is The Weather Doing To My Hair?, humidity and hair, bad hair day, hair ice, hair raising,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jun 23, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Is The Role Of Competition In Weather Forecasting? - EP052 Can competition advance meteorology?  Can forecasting improve because of competition?  Can over-competition put lives in danger? Is weather forecasting better suited for the public or private sector?  What is the right balance of competition versus unified message?  How do we encourage the right mix innovation, improvement,  invigoration, and impartiality in the weather enterprise?  Will all...
Topics: What Is The Role Of Competition In Weather Forecasting?, competition, public versus private, man...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jun 17, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Don't I Get That Weather? - EP051 Do you ever wonder about why you don't see 'that' weather that is in the news? In this episode we explore lightning, tropical cyclones, tornadoes and sleet. Who gets them and why. We have a lot of resources for you to explore in this episode should you want to examine any of the types of weather discussed in the episode.  So when you are ready to dive in ... Lighting What causes lightning? By Matt Williams Why doesn't the...
Topics: Why Don't I Get That Weather?, Dennis Mersereau, freezing rain, hurricane, Ian Livingston, James...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jun 9, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Is It About The Weather? - EP050
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What Is It About The Weather?
Jun 2, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Give Us Mario Kart? - EP049 Is weather the reason we have Mario Kart?  Or for that matter, drive a Toyota, Honda, or Lexus?  Take pictures with a Canon?  Watch movies from Sony?  You can probably see where we are going here.  All these are iconic Japanese brands that exist today.  Today we explore if weather was critical in holding off the Mongol Invasions in the late 1200s which would usher in a long period where Japan was able to develop as a...
Topics: Did Weather Give Us Mario Kart?, weather that changed history, weather and history, kamikaze winds,...
What Is It About The Weather?
May 26, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Accessible Is Weather? - EP048 Do we do enough to make weather available to everyone?  How can we better convey weather information for those with impairments?  Will new sonic visualization and haptic feedback technologies break barriers? Special thanks to Steve Bauer for his inputs for this week's episode.  Steve does a Jazz radio show called The Sunday Jazz Brunch which can be heard  on KRBB-FM, Wichita, Kansas 9 a.m. - 12 noon and on KKMJ, Austin, TX...
Topics: How Accessible Is Weather?, weather accessibility, cloud colors, material podcast
What Is It About The Weather?
May 19, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can A Solar Eclipse Change The Weather? - EP047 Certainly a solar eclipse can impact the temperatures you feel much like a cloud or just moving into the shade on a sunny day, but can it really change the weather?  Come find out as we also discuss planning for the weather in the upcoming 2017 solar eclipse that will cross the continental US. Here are a few resources if you are looking to incorporate some weather planning into your eclipse chasing: NASA guide to...
Topics: Can A Solar Eclipse Change The Weather?, weather and eclipses, solar eclipse, eclipse cyclones,...
What Is It About The Weather?
May 12, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What App Is Best For Weather Alerts? - EP046 What app do you use to get your critical weather alerts? Has it ever failed you?  Is it reliable?  We explore the key issues around alert apps and discuss our top three in the latest episode.  If you are interested in exploring our top choices you can check them out here: FEMA MyRadar Storm Good luck to the USNA Swift storm chasing team as they head out for their 2017 trip.  You can follow them on Facebook here .
Topics: What App Is Best For Weather Alerts?, Brad Barrett, FEMA, Mark T Jelinek, MyRadar, podcast, RSVP,...
What Is It About The Weather?
May 5, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Can I Grade My Weather Forecast? - EP045 Can I grade weather forecasts I use whether it be from a website, person, or app?  Sure you can, and in this episode we discuss both the why and how behind this process of forecast verification. You can try this service from ForecastAdvisor if you use olnine services or some of the common apps. If you need to add a local forecaster(s) into the mix or use less common apps and need to pull together verification data,...
Topics: How Can I Grade My Weather Forecast?, forecast verification, grading weather forecasts,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 28, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Much Energy Is There In Weather? - EP044 Have you ever wondered just how much energy exists in the weather?  Energy can come from things like tropical cyclones or lightning and of course even the sun, but how about something as simple as wind?  Join the conversation as we explore the weather-energy connection. If you want to read a bit more, here are a few links to peruse.  Check out the NOAA HRD FAQ about hurricanes which discusses both how much energy...
Topics: How Much Energy Is There In Weather?, wind power, solar power, energy and weather, tropical...
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 21, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Do Insects Deal With Winter? - EP043 Do harsh winters really reduce insect populations?  How do those pesky bugs survive winter?  What is the Butterfly Effect?  All this and more in the latest episode of What Is It About The Weather? Are you interested in reading a bit more about the topics in the latest episode?  Check out these stories about insects and winter from the Smithsonian and Entomology Today .  Catch this history of the Butterfly Effect .
Topics: How Do Insects Deal With Winter?, insects and weather, butterfly effect, Edward Lorenz, strange...
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 14, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Did We Learn To Keep Dry? - EP042 Rain, sleet and snow may not stop your mail delivery person, but for millennia it has been wreaking havoc on our lives.  So how did we learn to keep ourselves dry? And what technologies have we used and developed to achieve that goal?  Come listen to the latest episode to find out. If you want to deep into this topic a bit more take a look at these links: The History of Rain Jacket Tech, From Intestines To Gore-Tex at...
Topics: How Did We Learn To Keep Dry?, waterproofing, Mcintosh, Garbedine, Gore-Tex, Bitumen, Asphalt,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 7, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can Clouds Really Impact Your A-Game? - EP041 Weather can impacts sports in many obvious as well as subtle ways, but have you ever thought about how cloud cover might impact your peak performance?  We explore this idea in the latest episode. If you want to read a bit more about items covered in today's episode, catch these links: The Impact of Cloud Cover on Major League Baseball by Wes Kent and Scott Sheridan Weather: A Major Factor by Brett Avery Celebrating...
Topics: Can Clouds Really Impact Your A-Game?, weather and sports, clouds and baseball, Wes Kent, Scott...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 31, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Can I Expand My Weather World? - EP040 Do you have an interest in weather?  Maybe a bit more than your average Joe?  In the latest episode we dive into how you can do that. Of course this translates into lots of different resources, and here is a list of many of the items mentioned in this week's episode: The Weather Prediction by Jeff Haby Weather World 2010 Project from The University of Illinois UCAR COMET EU Satellite Meteorology Training Practical...
Topics: How Can I Expand My Weather World?, The Weather Prediction, Weather World Project 2010, UCAR COMET,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 24, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Weather Cancellations - Are We Wimpier Or Wiser? - EP039 While advances in weather forecasting have improved our ability to predict costly and deadly weather events, weather related cancellations and delays now cost us billions of dollars each year.  So have these weather forecasting advances made us wimpier or wiser?  Join us as we explore the issue. For those interested in learning more about and potentially contributing to the Matthew J. Parker Travel Fund,...
Topics: Weather Cancellations - Are We Wimpier Or Wiser?, weather cancellations, weather delays, wiser or...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 17, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Weather Warnings - How Many Alarms Do We Need? - EP038 How many ways do we need to be alerted about severe weather?  What is the best way to do it?  How might you answer that question differently based on your age, location or socio-economic position?  Just a few of the questions we ponder in this episode. Do you want to dig a bit deeper into the topics from this week?  Check out these items for a bit of a more in depth view: Approach IBM is exploring where...
Topics: Weather Warnings - How Many Alarms Do We Need?, weather warnings, weather alerts, weather alarms,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 10, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Do Meteorologists Cry Wolf? - EP037 Does your favorite weather forecaster too often have you altering your plans or seeking shelter for weather events that don't pan out? Are they just trying to be cautious?  What happens when you get different weather warnings from different sources?  What to do?  All this and more in the latest episode. If you want to read a bit more about this topic, you can catch this article in Time which references some of the sources...
Topics: Do Meteorologists Cry Wolf?, cry wolf, POD, FAR, probability of detection, false alarm rate,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 3, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Change Space Exploration? - EP036 In 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger burst into flames just over 70 seconds after takeoff.  Despite it being a blue sky day, did weather play a role in its demise?  What would be the long term implications?  We get back to 'Did weather change history?' in the latest episode. As mentioned in the podcast, March is National Weather Podcast Month.  You can learn more about all eight podcasts here . If you are...
Topics: Did Weather Change Space Exploration?, Space Shuttle, Challenger Disaster, Space Shuttle &...
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 24, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is The Future Of Weather Social? - EP035 Will social media be the primary platform to deliver weather forecasts in the future?  What challenges must be overcome for that to be a reality?  How do you know who you can trust on social media to give you a quality weather forecast?  We dive into these questions and more in the latest episode. Interested in learning more about the satellite record discussed in this episode?  Check out this story .
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What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 17, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is Your Smartphone The Future Of Weather Forecasting? - EP034 Did you know your phone has weather instruments on board?  Did you know that people just like you are sharing their weather with others?  Will all this translate into mobile phones becoming the future of weather forecasting? Want to dig a bit deeper into today's topic? Main Story Another Milestone Toward Making Cell Phones The Future Of Weather Observations by Angela Fritz  @ capitalweather...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 10, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did You Want To Be A Weatherperson? - EP033 What did you want to be when you were a kid?  Did you want to be a weatherperson?  Did you know that the National Weatherperson's Day was this week?  what famous people dabbled in the world of weather?  All this and more this week! Now if you want to dig into today's topics a bit more, here are some links for you: Main Story A suit for Christmas? The story of kid's weatherperson role model Do you have what it takes...
Topics: Did You Want To Be A Weatherperson?, Woods McFarland, Jason Smith, WALA, I want to be a...
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 3, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Are Meteorologists So Complicated? - EP032 Does weather seem complicated to you?  Do you feel that meteorologists go out of their way to make things complicated?  How complicated is telling the future?
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What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 27, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Season Is Your Tire? - EP031 Have you ever thought about how weather has evolved something as seeming simple as a tire?  Weather can huge impacts of transportation around the globe and often finds its way into the news when major distributions occur.  However, the simple everyday transportation vehicles are heavily influenced in the operation and design by weather.  In this episode we examine the tire in particular and how its design has evolved and...
Topics: What Season Is Your Tire?, snow tires, all-season tires, summer tires, winter tires, Weather and...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 20, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What's In Your Weather Dictionary? - EP030 What terms that you use to describe weather are unique to your country or even local community?  In this episode explore the pros and cons of weather terms that are attached to specific areas. Want to read a bit more about this topic?  Here are some items for you: Main Story The Beaufort Wind Scale British Weather Terms News Story Chris Holcomb Viral Chat
Topics: What's In Your Weather Dictionary?, weather words, weather dictionary, Chris Holcomb
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 13, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Do Dogs Make Good Weather Forecasters? - EP029 Have you ever noticed your dog behaves a certain way before severe weather?  Is it really the weather driving the behavior or something else?  We explore this idea in the latest episode. Want to read a bit more about this week's topics?  Here are some links for you: Main Story Can animals predict disasters Pets and thunderstorm safety News Story AtmoLife top 100
Topics: Do Dogs Make Good Weather Forecasters?, weatherdog, dogs and weather, atmospheric rivers
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 6, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - ... -. --- .-- ..--.. - EP028 We have looked at different ways weather has shaped history, has the opposite occurred?  In the latest episode we explore the role of the telegraph in shaping weather forecasting. Want to read a bit more, check out these stories from today's episode: Main Story Benjamin Franklin - America's 1st Weatherman Joseph Henry, The Smithsonian, and Meteorology The Beginning of the National Weather Service The 1st Transatlantic Telegraph...
Topics: ... -. --- .-- ..--.., Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Henry, Smithsonian, National Weather Service,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 30, 2016 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What If There Was No Snow? - EP027 Have you ever imagined a world without snow?  Would we be having this conversation if snow or ice did not exist?  In this latest episode we explore the role of frozen water on our lives today.
Topics: What If There Was No Snow?, no snow, life without refrigeration, dense ice
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 23, 2016 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Is It About Snow? - EP026 Why do we have such a fascination with snow?  Could it be the anticipation of snow days?  Is It something more primal or more nuanced?  Join us in this episode where we explore our complex relationship with the white stuff. Interested in learning the nitty gritty about snow?  Check out SnowCrystals.com  or watch this neat video of snowflake formation .
Topics: What Is It About Snow?, snow, snow day, Snow Crystals